Quantcast

Tang thinks he's invincible?

Help Support Reef Frontiers:

SaltwaterTeen

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 4, 2004
Messages
379
Location
SE Idaho
When I was feeding my plate, my tang come and takes the food away from my hand and just sits there, not afraid of me at all, and he let me pet him! LOL
 

Alice

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 18, 2003
Messages
1,108
That's cool. I've had fish like that, too.

Just be wary, they don't call tangs "surgeon fish" for nothing!
 

The Apprentice

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 12, 2004
Messages
1,174
Location
Umatilla,OR
Brave Tangs

I have Been tring to catch a Pseudochromis in my 150 reef tank for weeks and no luck but every time i try to set a trap them tangs jump on in and eat all the bait with no fear :confused: Have 4 of them that will eat out my hand Purple, Hippo,Scoppous and the Bravest one My Powder Blue AKA the tank Bully :evil:


SaltwaterTeen said:
When I was feeding my plate, my tang come and takes the food away from my hand and just sits there, not afraid of me at all, and he let me pet him! LOL
 

oldsaint

Sashimi
Joined
Dec 9, 2004
Messages
376
Location
Riverview, FL
Thats cool SaltwaterTeen. I've got a niger trigger that after he's done eating will come up to the top and rolls over on its side waiting for me to scratch his belly. At first I was using the feeding stick but now he lets me use my hand. The darn thing will actually swim in my hand as if I can pick it up and take it out of the tank.
Of course this is NOT recommended. These are unpredictable wild fish that can take a chunk out of your hand at any min. But it is amazing to watch. :)
For those non-believers I can post a pic.
 

dnjan

alveopora
Joined
Sep 9, 2003
Messages
1,585
Location
Seattle
What are you feeding the plate? Tangs tend to be vegetarians, and often leave meat alone when they realize it is meat.
 

mattseattle

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 15, 2003
Messages
2,694
Location
Seattle, WA
dnjan said:
What are you feeding the plate? Tangs tend to be vegetarians, and often leave meat alone when they realize it is meat.
maybe that is true with other tangs but my yellow tang will 'EAT' anything. her diet mainly consists of nori and such but she'll eat mysis, flake food, cyclop-eeze, blood worms, brine shrimp, krill and anything else that is added to the tank.
 

plack

Sea Otter
Joined
Jul 21, 2004
Messages
1,431
Location
Bothell ,WA
thats great like wrightme43 my clown will nip at me if i get too close to his sebay anemone quite forcefully for his size.
 

The Apprentice

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 12, 2004
Messages
1,174
Location
Umatilla,OR
Tang's ARE pigs

Don Mine eat every thing they wont let anything in the tank without tasting it. :) But they are Great teachers they have taught one of my Leopard Wrasse's to eat Nori. :eek:
I also love Yor Avatar Don could you please tell us what kind of corals they are? Are they Torches, Or some sort of a Frogspawn???

dnjan said:
What are you feeding the plate? Tangs tend to be vegetarians, and often leave meat alone when they realize it is meat.
 

dnjan

alveopora
Joined
Sep 9, 2003
Messages
1,585
Location
Seattle
SaltwaterTeen said:
Those are alveopora apprentice ;)
SaltwaterTeen has it right - those are Alveoporas.


Concerning Tangs eating "meat" - Not sure that is really good for their digestive tracts.
 

mattseattle

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 15, 2003
Messages
2,694
Location
Seattle, WA
dnjan said:
Concerning Tangs eating "meat" - Not sure that is really good for their digestive tracts.
it would be rather difficult to stop my tang from eating meat. she darts in and out at anything i put in the tank for other fish.

i would think as long as their diet is mainly nori and such that it would balance out. i haven't seen any negative effects from the mix of diet. she is definitely a little plump now.
 

dnjan

alveopora
Joined
Sep 9, 2003
Messages
1,585
Location
Seattle
As long as she is getting a good, balanced diet (and the meat protein hasn't killed her already), it should be fine. I'm not sure, however, that I consider being plump to be necessariuly a sign of health. Could be she is consuming every and anything to get missing nutrients. I believe that is how I lost a plump, varigated rabbitfish. Since then, I have tried to be more concientious about the varied. vitamin-enriched diet.
 

mattseattle

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 15, 2003
Messages
2,694
Location
Seattle, WA
dnjan said:
As long as she is getting a good, balanced diet (and the meat protein hasn't killed her already), it should be fine. I'm not sure, however, that I consider being plump to be necessariuly a sign of health. Could be she is consuming every and anything to get missing nutrients. I believe that is how I lost a plump, varigated rabbitfish. Since then, I have tried to be more concientious about the varied. vitamin-enriched diet.
i definitely agree with you on the varied diet....all my fish get a great mix of fresh, frozen and various other types of food.

i also agree that a plump fish is not always healthy but it's a sign of being healthy but not the deciding factor. Signs of good breathing, active fish, coloration of scales and clarity of fins, eyes, etc. are also signs of healthy fish. She has all those.

Everything I've read said it's normal for Tangs to eat meat as well as their normal diet. It's just recommended that most of their diet consists of items other than meat. When you first brought up that Tangs should not eat meat it kinda concerned me that maybe they shouldn't so I did research and found out it's quite normal.
 
Your email address will not be publicly visible. We will only use it to contact you to confirm your post.

Latest posts

Top